TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Cagayan Provincial Board, through a resolution, has given the green light to Governor Manuel Mamba to sign a deal and pursue the dredging operations in Cagayan River.
After months of seeking for approval, Mamba can now enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the provincial government and Chosen One Land Development Corporation (COLDC) who will operate the dredging activities.
In an interview with Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao, 2nd district Board Member Vilmer Viloria said they came up with rules and regulations to protect the environment and prioritize the well-being of the communities near the river.
An inter-agency monitoring committee consisting of Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Transportation will be built to monitor all operations by the COLDC, and shall be the main safeguard of the project.
To ensure that no mining will occur, a multi-sectoral agency committee will also be included in the MOA that will give authority to the Philippine Coast Guard to inspect the dredging activities in the Cagayan River.
As a precaution, included in the agreement is a P20-million cash bond from COLDC for rehabilitation, once the committees find out that illegal activities are being done by the corporation.
According to Viloria, the dredging operation comes at no cost for the Provincial Government, but will have to give the dredged sand for a reclamation project at Hong Kong.
The main goal of the dredging is to kick-start the re-opening of Aparri Port and to solve out the widespread flooding in the province because of the shallowness of Cagayan River.
Governor Mamba has been calling the support of every Cagayano on the re-opening of the port.
Source: Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao